St. Luke's Weekly Epistle

Week of March 18 , 2018

 From Pierre-Henry
If you are like me you might be surprised to realize that Lent is almost over!  This coming Sunday is the fifth Sunday in Lent, and the following Sunday will be Palm Sunday and Holy Week.  On Palm Sunday we will listen to the story of Jesus' passion, the focus of the day is his triumphant entrance in Jerusalem.

On Maundy Thursday we will celebrate and remember Jesus' last meal when, according to John he washed his disciples' feet a an example of servanthood love, before breaking bread with them and sharing the wine, signs of his upcoming death and resurrection.  If you feel compelled to do so, this year we will have an all-night Vigil in the Chapel from the end of Maundy Thursday service to Morning Prayer on Good Friday.  A sign-up sheet is available in the Gathering Hall.

On Good Friday we will follow more closely Jesus' last days, his trial, and death on the cross, out of love.

Traditional;ly, Holy Saturday is a day of silence and prayer.  There is no corporate worship on this day. But, as the suns sets, we will gather for the great Vigil of Easter.  In my opinion, this is the most beautiful service of the year, where we bless the new fire, symbolizing the new life in Christ, enter in a darkened church for the service of Lessons, before singing the alleluias as the light comes for the first celebration of Easter.  True, it's kind of a long service, but so meaningful!  And, of course, on Easter morning we will celebrate the joy of the resurrection.  Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter, is the most holy week of our Christian Calendar, because this is the week in which we remember and celebrate what is the heart of our Christian faith:  Christ suffered, died, and was buried, and rose again on Easter morning.

Let us celebrate this Holy Week together!  Join me in celebrating the different aspects of Christ's Passion, death and resurrection!  May the Lord of love bless you and keep you.

Your brother in Christ,
Lent 2018
Our Lenten program, featuring our Wednesday Series with Soup Suppers in the Parish Hall at 5 p.m. and Study at 6 p.m., will continue on Wednesday, March 21. 

Weekly services include: 
  • Healing & Eucharist Service on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
  • Celtic Morning Prayer on Thursdays at 9 a.m.
  • Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 12 p.m.
  • Morning Prayer will be offered at 8 a.m. in the Chapel every weekday (M-F) through Good Friday.
  • Sacramentum - Video Series on Sunday afternoons in the Parish Library (starts at 4 p.m. on March 18, 25)
Centering Prayer will next take place on Friday, March 23, at 9 a.m. in the Meditation Room.

There are also monthly or bi-monthly weekday offerings. For details on all of this and more, click here for our Lent 2018 program pamphlet.
Sacramentum - Forming Sacred Community to Explore Jesus
        . . . TO GO DEEPER?

Who we are is related to what we were.  This class explores the history and heritage of the Episcopal Church and its place in the wider Anglican Communion.

Please join us in the parish library this Sunday from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.  EVERYONE IS WELCOME. 
It's that time of year, again!  Flowers are in bloom, trees are budding, and the weather is warming up.

We are asking for your assistance with our Spring Clean-up Day.  Please bring your cleaning supplies, outdoor gardening tools, paint brushes and supplies to help us welcome Spring at St. Luke's.

Help is needed cleaning the kitchen, tiding the flowerbeds, sanitizing nursery toys and doing a bit of painting.  Many hands make ane easy workload.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 6 from 9 to 12.

Many Thanks, Katie Staudt (Jr. Warden)
Operation Deep Freeze 

Many Thanks to George Chesney & Sue Fiorey, Ken & Deborah Del Mastro, Mike & Lucy Kemper, Bob & Laura NOrman, Larry & Eileen Griffin, Murray & Pam Williams, Jim & Kathy Pessin, and Betsy Denison.

These parishioner's exhibited their kindness and compassion by steppin up to volunteer to cook meals during the week of February 26-March , 2018 for The Salvation Army's Operation Deep Freeze.
The Fellowship Committee is hosting a soup supper on Wednesday the 28th.  There are no classes that evening, just fellowship as we prepare for Maundy Thursday  Good Friday, and Easter.  5pm. Please join us.
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, READ, mark, learn and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and there Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 
Amen.   (BCP 236)
Mark, in this sense, means to notice or pay close attention to what we are reading.  It is more demanding to read the Bible with this kind of care and attention instead of scanning through the words, but it is also more rewarding.  With this deliberate practice of marking scripture, we begin to notice new things in the Bible--and hear the words speaking to us more powerfully

* Read the text the first time and see what word or phrase stands out to you.
* Read it again and see what else you notice.
* Read it a third time and see how the text is speaking to you.

Coming back to the text again and again is a way to be more deeply attentive to what it says and to what God is saying to you through the words.. . 
(adapted from: Walk in Love by Scott Gunn & Melody Wilson Shobe)
Greeters Needed
Our Greeters are Important...They welcome newcomers to St. Luke's as well as those who have been attending for years. These are the smiling faces that welcome all who enter our doors. At the  8:00 a.m. service  on Sunday mornings, we are in NEED. We have only three couples who continue to greet on their scheduled week during the coming quarter who each take the same  Sunday through April, May and June. We are looking for new Greeters to take the first  Sunday of each of these months. Perhaps two people or couples could volunteer to switch off on the first  Sunday of each month. You only need to come 15 minutes early and offer a smile and a welcome. Please contact Linda Taylor by phone, 928-379-5936,  or email
Easter  is Coming . . .
and so are two Easter brunches.  Sign-up sheets are in the gathering hall--one for 8 am and one for 10 am.  PLEASE let us know how many are coming and what you are bringing to contribute.  It's always a great celebration!
We always have newcomers on Easter and this is a great way to welcome them to our Christian family.
Becoming Beloved Community

Almighty God, who created us in your own image:  Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it  in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen 
(The Book of Common Prayer)

If all our action centers on the Church and nurturing our interior experience of Beloved Community, we will have missed the core the the loving, liberating, life-giving good news of Jesus Christ:  it is for all the world, not just for those within the walls of the Church. ... Our Church has enjoyed a unique degree of economic and social privilege in the United States.  The Episcopal Church has a special vocation to examine our history, to say we are sorry, and to participate in the the repair and restoration of communities and institutions that struggle to flourish because of systems built to privilege our Church's historic membership.  Put frankly, we cannot speak of reconciliation and healing without also speaking of justice and repairing what our Church has contributed to breaking.     
(Source: Becoming Beloved Community, House of Bishops)
Easter Flowers
Please join with others to remember loved ones at this most festive time of the year through the gift of flowers. We all enjoy the beauty of Easter flowers. Your gift will ensure they are beautiful again this year. Please mark your donation with Easter Flowers. 

To give a gift of Easter flowers for the church and chapel this Easter, please click here for Easter flowers form. You may also pick one up in the Gathering Hall. They must be submitted by Monday, March 26.
Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King is having a Discernment and Training Day on Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Conference Room at St. Luke's. We invite all women of the church to attend and learn about Daughters.

There is no commitment to join Daughters but if you are interested either now, or after the class, this training session is necessary. There will be a signup sheet in the Gathering Hall. There will be beverages served and we ask that you bring a sack lunch. Hope to see many of you. If you have questions, please talk to one of the Daughters of the King.
Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday
March 24  5:30 pm
March 25    8:00 & 10:00 am
Wednesday in Holy Week
March 28
Holy Eucharist & Healing 10:00am
Maundy Thursday
March 29
9:00 am Celtic Morning Prayer
7:00 pm Holy Eucharist & Foot Washing
From 8:00 pm to 8:00 am
Vigil of Prayer in the Chapel
Good Friday
March 30
Noon & 7:00 pm Good Friday Liturgy
Holy Saturday
March 31
Time of rest and silence - no office
Easter Service Schedule
Bring your bell to ring with the Easter Alleluias!
Saturday March 31
7:00 pm
The greatest celebration of the year!
Sunday April 1
8:00 & 10:00 am
Easter Holy Eucharist
Help with Coffee Hour?

Looking for folks to volunteer to provide goodies for the coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service. It can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. We just want something to munch on while we drink our coffee and visit with our St. Luke's friends. It is a very appreciated ministry.

Living Alone --  with no one to help in a medical emergency
by Nancy K. Smith, LCSW
As I slowly opened my eyes, I was shocked to see a blurry outline of the bottom of my dresser directly in front of me. That meant that I was lying on my bedroom floor! My heart began to pound. "Oh, no", I thought, "I must have passed out when I was getting out of bed!" I knew immediately that I was going to need help but there wasn't anyone living in my house who could come to my aid. My mind quickly shifted into gear as I acknowledged my predicament and considered my options. 
Here are some options to consider in devising a medical emergency plan:
1. Have a medical alert system set up in your home.
2. Ask a close friend or family member to be your emergency resource. 
3. Make provisions for emergencies in which this person may not be available to help. 
4. Make arrangements with more than one friend or family member to check in on you on a regular basis. 
5. Understand the complications that come with these emergency strategies. 
Click here for entire article.
Please consider sending your name, contacts, phone numbers, and any other information you feel is pertinent, etc., to: Deacon Kimball at
United Thank Offering (UTO) In-gathering is May 13!
Your Invitation to Walk in the Steps of the Celtic Saints...
A Celtic Spirituality Pilgrimage 2018 (October 7-17)
Christians from all denominations have been inspired and amazed at the rediscovery of the story of how the Gospel came to the British Isles. 

You are invited to join the Rector (Timothy Dombek) and members of Advent Episcopal Church your own Celtic Spirituality Pilgrimage. W e'll be accompanied by the Rev. Simon Airey, an Anglican priest, professional storyteller, and a member of the Northumbria Community. Simon will share with us the stories of the saints, the places where they lived, and other sacred spots where heaven touches the earth.

We will look at why this Celtic Version of Christianity is so exciting and relevant for us today, and why the hierarchy of the church struggled with insights that we are now embracing again. We will experience worship influenced by the Celtic Christianity expression that exists today.

For more information, including travel costs, itinerary  and requirements, download the full-color brochure and all relevant forms from our website by clicking here or simply call Timothy Dombek at Advent Episcopal Church, 623-584-0350 or my cell phone at 602-615-1352. 
Need Yarn . . .

and maybe a few volunteers to knot or crochet winter hats/scarves for November Outreach Collections.  Remember that yarn you bought to make a blanket and then talked yourself out of making and which now sits in your closet unused?  Or how about that extra skein, or leftovers from other projects?  The Outreach Committee will take any and all yarn spring cleaning efforts from now until April 29.  Look for the collection bag next to the Outreach table in the Gathering Hall.  Over 700 clients (half of which are children) are served at three local non-profits that distribute warm winter clothing.  If you would like knit or crochet items, using your favorite pattern and yarn from the collection bag, contact Carol Covert (928-515-1630).  
Visit our website!
Be sure to visit our website,, every so often! There is a great section at the bottom of the Home page entitled "News & Updates" that contains information on recent events at St. Luke's along with some wonderful photos. 
Did you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Faithstreet. You may use this for a one-time gift or a recurring gift. Or, would you like to give with your bank account? You can set that up, too! To check it out, visit and click on the green icon, as pictured above, that says Give Online!
We acknowledge...
According to Resolution #2016-3, of the 56th Diocesan Convention:
We acknowledge the living culture of the Yavapai people, the traditional custodians of the land we stand on, and pay tribute to role they play in the life of this region.
Check out all our recent activity on Facebook!
Go to the St. Luke's Episcopal, Prescott, AZ, page, , and Like and Share posts that you feel comfortable supporting. By clicking on the link above or "Like us on Facebook" button below, you'll be taken directly to the St. Luke's Facebook page.
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Food Donation Program
Many thanks to all of you for your continued support each week of the weekly food donation program which benefits three area food banksThe counting of the food takes place each Monday and then is divided up for the three food banks.

For the week of March 10-11,  100 food items were collected!!
Thumb butte Quilters, March 12 189 food items.
This week's shopping list: 
Canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
3/10-11:  Attendance - 223
                   Pledge - $8,639
                   Plate - $ 551
Honoring Special Dates
March 18:  Jim Damm, Kimber DeBono, Brent Morris
March 19:  Jim Hardesty, Julie NJones
March 20:  Chris Christy, Vera Mulnix 
March 21:  Jayden Bean, Bert Gilbert
March 22:  Ame Eresman
March 23:  Sherry Hibbard, Brenda Jones, Wini Larson
March 24:  Amber Dievandorff

March 19:  Don & Mary McKellar III
March 22:  Scot & Paula Tomitz
March 23:  Mary Berkheiser & Becky Hansen
March 24:  John & Leslie Sanderson
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angela, April + baby & family, Art, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Brandon, Brien, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Chris,  Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, Daniel,  David, Denise, Dianne, Dick, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Enrique, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harold & Wilma. Harris, Harry, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jerry, Jim, Joe, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball, Kira,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter,  Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rick, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Salem, Sandy, Shea, Sheri,Shirley, Skip, Steve, Steven, Susan, Susan S.,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Trey, Tricia, Sue, Sue & Wally, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Zelma

...for those in our Armed Forces:
Echo, Brian
...for the Yavapai Nation
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Dioceses of Blackburn, Blackburn-Brunley and Blackburn-Lancaster (England)
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St.John's (Globe)
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: United Thank Offering, Quixote's Garage
Scripture Readings
The Fifth Sunday of Lent
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Canticle 2 or 13
Daniel 3:14-20, 24-28
John 8:31-42
Weekly Worship Assistants for March 17-18, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Sharon Tootle
Greeters:  Roger & Jane Peacock
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Keehna Sture
Greeters:  Jim & Pam Damm
Ushers:  Cynthia Moreno & Carol Sweeden
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Richard Lassiter
Sub-deacon:  Richard Staudt
Chalice Minister:  Pauline Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Michael Staudt
Altar Minister:  Katie Staudt
Reader 1:  Youth
Reader 2:  Youth
Prayers:  Youth
Verger:  Barbara Sayle
Greeters:  Gil & Joan Hedger
Welcome Table:  Beth Shaw & Dave Brubaker
Ushers:  Bob & Laura Norman
Asst. Ushers:  Larry Allen & JoAnn Salem
Oblationers:  Youth
Altar Guild Team:  Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Brenda Holden,
Evelyn David, Betty Gass, Doris Schoeben

Host Coffee Hour!!
Special thanks to those who host coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service. This is an important part of the fellowship of St. Luke's Church. 

Sunday March 18 hosts:
Ken Dolab
Chris DeVeau
Charlotte Willman

Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2018 flower chart is
now posted in the Gathering Hall!
Altar flowers are given in thanksgiving for our many blessings or a special event, in memory of a loved one, or to the glory of God. They are an offering that enrich our worship space. You may sign-up on the Altar Flowers poster on the bulletin board in the Gathering Hall.  The suggested donation is $45.00 (however, any donation is accepted). If you would like to have a person or event named here, please notify the office.
No Altar Flowers during Lent
Community Groups & Happenings at St. Luke's
Daughters of the
British Empire (DBE)
DBE meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at St. Luke's in the Conference Room with the exception of the summer months.

Visit for more info or contact Diane Reddy.
Foster Care Info Nights: Foster Adoptive Network
Attend a foster care orientation meeting at St. Luke's in the Parish Hall on the 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Next one is March 15. For more info, call AZ Children's Association at 928-443-1991.

Girl Scouts Troop 79

Troop 79 meets on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. For more information on the troop, click here to email the troop leader, Donna Dotzler.

Boy Scouts Troop 10
Troop 10 meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. For more information on the troop, click   here to email the troop leader.

Prescott Chamber Orchestra
The Prescott Chamber Orchestra holds its weekly rehearsals and concerts at St. Luke's. The next concert of the season is April 28 at 2:30 p.m. Visit for more information and tickets.

Prescott Chorale
The Prescott Chorale holds its weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evenings and concerts at St. Luke's. Dennis Houser, our Music Director, is the Director.
The next performance will take place on Saturday April 21 at 3 p.m.
Visit for tickets and more information.
In the Community
Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity
Prescott Area Habitat issued a  statement of thanks to its Faith Partners which appeared in the Daily Courier's Feb. 25, 2018, issue.

For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity and for information for this event, visit For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click  here .

Inquirers Class
Do you want to become a member of the Episcopal Church?

An eight-week series of Inquirers' Classes, led by the Rev'd Jack M. Wolter began on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 11:30 a.m.and continues in the Conference room of St. Luke's Church to prepare those persons who have not yet been sacramentally confirmed (coming from a Protestant tradition) or received (coming from a Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox tradition) by a bishop in the Episcopal Church, or those who simply want to refresh their understanding of the practice of the Christian faith in our tradition.

You are invited to join us for these presentations and discussions!  We hope you will be a participant!

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The preferred method of submission is by email. Thanks for your cooperation!
Service Schedule
Sunday Services:  
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist
 Sunday 8:00 am  Eucharist with hymns
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Choir

Weekday Services:
  • Wednesday 10 am           Healing Service with Communion
  • Thursday 9:00 am            Morning Prayer 
  • 2nd & 4th Friday 9 am     Centering Prayer
Parish Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 to 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Church Website
The Sunday bulletin is available at the Worship bulletins section .
Our calendar is available at the Calendar section.

St Luke's Episcopal Church 

Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499